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Milan Martic, former leader of Serbian Kraina, has surrendered himself to the International War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague. The upcoming trial is of special interest to Russia, since his people on Sept. 1, 1991 killed two Russian journalists from the Ostankino TV company who, at the time, worked in Belgrade. A story details the case. (1,3, Kommersant, 9)

The Executive Committee of the International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG) has declined the appeal of Russian athletes Alina Kabayeva and Irina Chashchina, who were accused of doping. In an interview, Tagir Samokayev, a lawyer representing the Russian athletes, talks about the case against his clients and comments on the general sentiment concerning Russian athletes. (1,11)

In an interview Michael MacFall, an American expert in Russian affairs, answers questions regarding the upcoming Russian-American summit and prospects for a partnership. (1,10)

On Wednesday Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov delivered a speech in the Lower House of parliament, in which he focused on the need to revise the 2002 budget expenditure provisions. A story comments on major points of his report. (2, Kommersant, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 1, Gazeta, 3, Vremya MN, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3)

The Second Moscow International Tourism Fair opened at Moscow's Gostiny Dvor on Wednesday. A story describes the event's aims, participants and sponsors. (2)

A story details an aviation accident that occurred May 1 in the Chelyabinsk region when the An-30 plane changed its planned flight and found itself over the territory of Tryokhgorny, a closed town with defense enterprises. (2)

At the Svyaz-Expocomm 2002 telecommunications exhibition on Wednesday MGTS announced the completion of a project to connect all Moscow apartments to the Internet. A story features the project. (2)

Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov Wednesday made a report in the Federation Council regarding Russia's legal system. He spoke frankly about an ineffective struggle against crime and a lack of effective legislation. Ustinov also outlined his agency's most pressing tasks for this year. (2, Kommersant, 3, Gazeta, 1, 3, Vremya MN, 1, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4. MK, 1,2)

A story examines a government decree concerning the adoption of the Single Register of Scientific Degrees and Titles, which recently went into effect. (2)

Crime. Police in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan, arrested three teenagers Wednesday at a local orphanage. The teenagers allegedly killed two teenagers and 4 orphanage employees before setting the orphanage on the fire. A story gives details. (3)

Sergei Gorbunov, press secretary of Rosaviakosmos on Wednesday announced the cause of the recent tragedy accident at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Brief. (3, Obshchaya Gazeta, No. 20, p.5)

According to declassified documents, 1984 and 1992 German Olympic figure skating champion Katarina Witt had contacts with the German secret intelligence service. A story describes her activities. (3)

Several foreign ministers signed a joint statement in Reikjavik on Wednesday approving Russia's partnership with NATO member-countries. The document will be made public at an upcoming NATO summit in Rome. A story also describes Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov's final meeting on May 14 with U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. (4, Kommersant, 10, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 5, Vremya MN, 2, Gazeta, 1,4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5)

The Russian German Youth Forum founded by German and Russian first ladies Doris Schroeder and Lyudmila Putin, continued its work in Moscow on Wednesday. A story features the event. (4)

In May of 1990 Latvia festively proclaimed its independence. Since then the country has been trying to increase its influence in Europe and hope to join both NATO and the European Union. (4)

Transparency International has made public results of research completed in March, which concludes that Russian companies lead are the most likely worldwide to hand out bribes. A story comments on the findings. (5, Kommersant, 13)

On Wednesday Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov met with representatives from the American Association of Pension Funds "Russel 20/20", the capital of which is $6 trillion. Officials from the U.S. organization are evaluating the possibility of investing money in the Russian market. A story describes the meeting. (5, Kommersant, 1, Gazeta, 10)

The Economic Development Ministry on Thursday intends to submit a proposal for the revision of existing tariffs on natural monopolies. A story reveals the essence of the proposals. (5)

The Intel company announced Wednesday that Russia will become the first country to organize the centralized training of server collectors. A story comments on the initiative. (5)

On Thursday the government was expected to discuss a draft concept of boosting the metals sector up to the year 2010. A story examines the document. (5)

Minister on Chechen Affairs Vladimir Yelagin made a report Wednesday in the Federation Council that proposed using budget funds for the social and economic restoration of the war-torn republic. (6 Gazeta, 3)

Richard Perle, head of the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Policy Council, stated Wednesday that the only way to persuade Russia to give up cooperation with Iran in the nuclear technologies sphere is to write off the country's Soviet-era debts. A story comments on the idea, saying it is both positive and timely. (10)

The Tokyo Regional Prosecutor's Office has arrested Japanese diplomat Masara Sato, a Russian affairs specialist who had clandestine contacts with many Russian policy-makers. A story details Sato's case. (10)

When speaking at Harvard University on Wednesday former U.S. President Jimmy Carter harshly criticized the Castro political model, saying that the socialist government that is in power in Cuba today does not allow people to create any organized opposition. A story comments on his speech. (10)

The influential Congress of American Jews has called on American filmmakers to boycott the Cannes Festival. A story explains why. (10)


The State Duma Anti-Corruption Commission begun to check-up on the activities of bureaucrats in the Economic Development Ministry's Tourism Department. State Duma Deputy Boris Reznik, who initiated the probe, alleges that some working in the department are guilty of taking bribes. A story comments on the measure. (1)

On Wednesday the State Duma turned down an amendment to the constitutional law concerning the government. A story reveals the essence of the amendment. (3)

The Federation Council approved a new law concerning citizenship on Wednesday. A story looks at its new provisions. (3)

On Wednesday a source in the Press Ministry stated that broadcasting on the TV6 frequency, originally scheduled to begin on May 26, has been postponed indefinitely. Press Minister Mikhail Lesin is not yet ready to give out a license to Media Socium. A story comments on the situation. (4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 2)

President Vladimir Putin met with Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu in Sochi on Wednesday to discuss two urgent issues -- floods and fires. A story describes the meeting and decisions. (4)

Defense ministers participating in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization gathered in Moscow on Wednesday to discuss the military-political situation in Central Asia. Brief. (4, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6, Vremya Novostei, 2,)

Former Chechen General Sulim Yamadayev Wednesday was appointed to the post of Deputy Military Commandant of Chechnya. Many analysts call this appointment another victory of Akhmad Kadyrov. A story comments on the appointment. (5)

A story describes how a comprehensive psychiatric analysis was performed on Colonel Yury Budanov. Budanov was recently found temporarily insane in the killing of a Chechen young woman. (5)

Vladimir Mulyavin, the artistic leader of the legendary Belarussin group Pesnyary\, was the victim an auto accident and was taken to a hospital in Minsk with serious injuries. A story describes the accident. (6, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1,2)

The Consultative Council of Russian Protestant Churches is to hold a session Thursday to decide what issues will be raised during the group's upcoming meeting with President Vladimir Putin. In an exclusive interview three of the council's senior officials share their views on the recent conflict between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church. (7)

At a news conference on Wednesday Oleg Tolkachev, first Moscow city government deputy head, announced City Hall's plans to increase rent payments by 25 to 30 percent. A story comments on Tolkachev's pronouncements. (14)

Noviye Izvestia

According to results of the latest opinion poll conducted by the independent ROMIR Public Opinion Study Center to see what Russians think of the State Duma, 60 percent have refused to vote for it and only 25.6 percent trust it. (1)

The number of HIV-infected patients registered as of May 15 this year was 197,000. This was said by Vadim Pokrovsky, director of the Russian Federal AIDS Center at a news conference Wednesday. Brief. (1)

The State Duma Council will next week decide the fate of a draft bill concerning the military property that is withdrawn from exploitation. The bill has been drafted by the Duma Defense Committee. Work on this document coincided with the resumption by the Main Military Prosecutor's Office of an investigation into several criminal cases connected with the sale abroad as scrap metal of the heavy aircraft carriers "Minsk" and "Novorossiisk." A story examines several cases. (2)

The gubernatorial election campaign in the Smolensk region, where voting day is Sunday May 19, resembles that of a cheap thriller. Observers and journalists are threatened with punishment if they dare write or say the truth about it. A story describes the disturbing situation in the region. (2)

The snowballing intrigues around the state-owned Russia-Belarus Slavneft oil company can negatively affect not only the company's prestige but also the future state of Russia-Belarus relations. A story features the latest developments in and around the company. (2)

In an interview, Dmitry Lvov, secretary of the Economics Department of the Academy of Sciences, talks about his recent meeting with President Vladimir Putin to discuss several urgent economic issues. (4)

The work collective of the Volzhsky Ball-Bearing Plant has sent open letters to Volzhsky Governor Nikolia Maksyuta and Volzhsky Mayor Igor Voronin requesting they help to defend them from local bandits. A story examines the factors that have urged the workers to write the letters. (4)

Obshchaya Gazeta

Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky's story is an indepth analysis of the history and present-day state of Russia-U.S. relations, which have radically changed for the better since Sept. 11. Yavlinsky reflects on what can be expected from the upcoming Russia-U.S. summit. (1, 4)

In an interview, Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, who has been in his post for 10 years already, speaks about what he and his team have managed to do for the city during this time and about several problems that worry him. (1,2)

Komomolskaya Pravda

The Federation Council on Wednesday approved the bill concerning Russian citizenship that was passed by the State Duma a month ago. A story examines three major demands for the Russian passport. (3)

The State Duma tomorrow is expected to discuss a draft code of behavior for state employees. This document is actually an instruction on the anti-corruption struggle among government bureaucrats. It was submitted by the Union of Right Forces (SPS) party leader Boris Nemtsov. A story examines its major controversial provisions. (4)

The Kirghiz government opposition is protesting against the government's decision to give 90 hectares of Kirghiz territory to China. A story examines the decision. (5)

A story is devoted to 63-year-old pensioner-invalid from Primorye, Vladimir Ksenchak, who 7 years ago lost his leg. On Wednesday May 15, he went on foot from Moscow to St. Petersburg to show that invalids are also normal people who can take part in sports and, like all people, enjoy entertainment. Photo. (6)

The Czech Republic has extradited to Russia the thief Oleg Rogozin, who in 2000 robbed a Moscow bank getting away with $1 million. A story describes how he did it. (7)

The State Duma today began to discuss a draft bill concerning the purchase and sale of land. Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev answers questions from KP readers about this expedient and controversial bill. (8,9)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Whether or not the TV-6 channel will begin its planned broadcasts May 27 remains unclear. Exiled media tycoon Boris Berezovsky, who views himself as owner of the controlling stake in this television company, has lodged a suit in the European Court against the noncommercial partnership "Media-Socium" that he considers has robbed him. A story details the case, offering two viewpoints. (8, Noviye Izvestia, 5)

MK provides a list of old 5-story dilapidated apartment blocks (also known as khrushchovkas) in Moscow that will be pulled down in 2003-2004. The listing is part of the official city program for housing construction scheduled until 2010. (1,6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

ORT and RTR heads Konstantin Ernst and Oleg Dobrodeyev were summoned to the Kremlin where they were strictly reprimanded by top Kremlin administration officials Alexander Voloshin and Vladislav Surkov for the way in which they present the president's image on TV. A story describes how they present the image of President Vladimir Putin. (1)

The Naro-Fominsk District and Zhukovsky (in the Moscow region) have obtained their own coats of arms. A story describes their colors and design. (1)

Authorities in the Northern District of Moscow have launched a construction project for 2-story garages to be located in courtyards. The first such garage will open already this month in the vicinity of Leningradsky Market Place . A story looks at the project. ( 1)

Former President Boris Yeltsin, now living in his dacha in Barvikha (Moscow region) would like to travel this summer. In June, he with his wife Naina will go to Belarus. A story looks at a program of his visit, saying that the Yeltsin couple has received invitations to visit several other countries. (2)


MDM Group to begin a restructuring with personnel appointments. Andrei Melnichenko, head of the MDM-Bank board of directors, is expected to be appointed the group's president. A story looks at several other upcoming changes.(A1)

It is not yet clear how Russian football-players will get to Japan to take part in the World Football Championship opening in less than three weeks. Though the Il-62 plane has been chartered for the Russian national team, as of April 1, Japan, like the European Union countries, has banned the flights of this plane due to new noise regulations. (A1)

Members of Russel 20-20, a world-leading investment fund controlling assets worth $8 trillion, have visited Moscow to investigate the possibility of investing in the Russian capital market. (A1)

Russia's trade surplus in first quarter of 2002 amounted to $12 billion. According to the State Customs Committee, there was a decrease of $3.9 billion, in comparison with the same period last year. Brief. (A1)

The St. Petersburg administration is considering the possibility of building a 924 meter-long automobile tunnel under the Neva at the depth of 26 meters. Brief.(A1

In an interview Alexei Mordashov, general director of leading domestic metals company Severstal, eloborates about his company, focusing on its numerous cooperation projects (A2)

When speaking in the Lower House of parliament on Wednesday, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov stated the 2002 federal budget is to be revised and unplanned expenditures will be cleared off through additional revenues. State Duma deputies were skeptical. (A3)

Natural Resources Minister Vitaly Artyukhov has proposed that all-gubernatorial duties regarding the division of the forest industry be passed over to federal authorities. A story comments on his statement. (A3)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

A story looks at the drawbacks of an attempt to transform the Abrau-Dyurso winemaking distillery from the unitarian enterprise into a joint-stock company. (B1)

The Ford Motor Company has completed the construction of an assembly plant in Vsevolzhsk in the Leningrad region. Investments in the project totaled $150 million. Brief. (B1)

Igor Krutoi is likely to buy Muz-TV from Alfa-Group in a deal worth an estimated $25 million. (B1)

Alexei Miller has had little success in reducing Gazprom debt. In 2001 the company's debt to creditors increased by $700 million. In addition to that Gazprom spent 9.8 billion rubles to buy out the veksels of Sibur. (B2)

A new scandal has erupted in the electrode market. The management board of the Novocherkassk Electrode Plant controlling, which has more than a 50 percent stake in the plant cannot come to agreement with 20 percent owner Intergrafit concerning the working conditions. (B2)